Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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Fusion post two big wins Rematch with Hudson set for Thursday By Bob Burrows email@example.com The sixth-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion picked up a big win when it comes to sectional seeding with a 7-2 victory over the WSFLG Blizzard last Tuesday night before remaining in the hunt for the Big Rivers Conference title with a 6-0 shutout over the Eau Claire-Altoona Stars on Thursday. The Fusion improved to 13-6-1 overall with the two wins, while Thursday’s victory over the Stars moved them to 3-1-0 in BRC play, one game behind first place Hudson.
Two nights after throwing a scare into defending state champion Eau Claire Memorial, the Wildcat hockey team pounded the Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks, 11-0, last Thursday night at Wildcat Centre. The Cats took a 1-1 tie into the third period with Big Rivers Conference leader Eau Claire Memorial last Tuesday night before the third-ranked Old Abes scored two goals to escape with a 3-1 win at Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire. Memorial scored the first goal of the game on a power play with 31 seconds remaining in the first period before Brady Stocker t
The River Falls boys’ basketball team presented senior Luke Murphy, center, with a basketball commemorating his 1,000th career point before the Wildcats’ home game against the New Richmond Tigers Monday, Jan. 20. Murphy surpassed the 1,000 point mark in the Cats’ 58-50 loss at Eau Claire North on Thursday, Feb. 16. He needed two points to reach the milestone and finished with a team-high 23. He scored 16 points the following night at Hudson and led all scorers with 31 points Monday in the Wildcats’ 63-54 win over New Richmond to bring his career total to 1,068. See the Jan.
The Wildcat boys’ swim team held its own Saturday at the prestigious Maroon and Gold Invitational at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. Fifty-three high school teams competed in four divisions at one of the biggest meets in the Midwest. River Falls’ swimmers turned in a number of personal and season best times to finish tenth in the Tiger Division. “This meet is always fun for the boys to attend,” head coach Kirk Gednalske said. “It's at a pool unlike anything else we get the opportunity to swim at.
When you host an elite tournament like the Northern Badger Wrestling Classic, there is always a little added pressure on the home team to do well. The Wildcat wrestling team responded to that challenge over the weekend Dec.
Wildcat senior Trent Powell won the boys’ race and junior Annie Frisbie took second in the girls’ race at the WIAA Division 1 cross country sectional Saturday, Oct. 26, in Menomonie. Both Wildcats qualified for the WIAA State Championships this Saturday, Nov. 2, in Wisconsin Rapids. Powell’s winning time of 16 minutes, 11.2 second was over five seconds faster than runner-up Patrick Treacy of Eau Claire Memorial. The Old Abes won the boys’ team title with 51 points while La Crosse Logan was second with 63 to both qualify for the state meet as teams.
The third-seeded Wildcat boys’ soccer defeated No. 2 Onalaska, 4-1, Thursday night, Oct. 17, in Onalaska to win a WIAA Division 2 regional championship and advance to the sectional semifinal game Thursday, Oct. 24, at top-seeded New Richmond. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Robbie Waldon scored two goals and Justin Duran and Garth Watson had a goal apiece to lead the Wildcats to the come-from-behind win. River Falls advanced to the regional championship with a 7-0 victory over sixth-seeded La Crosse Logan Tuesday, Oct.15. The Cats will take on New Richmond Thursday, Oct. 24, at 3:30 p.m.
The River Falls High School girls’ golf team cut nine strokes off its first day total of 384 to shoot 375 Tuesday and finish in tenth place at the 12-team 2013 WIAA Division 1 Girls State Golf Championships at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. Sydney Brunholzl was the highest individual finisher for the Wildcats, tying for 45<sup>th</sup> place with a two-day total of 181 (86-95).
Landry Otten threw three touchdown passes and John Uchytil tossed two to help the Hudson Raider football team defeat River Falls, 40-0, Friday night and keep the Little Brown Jug in Hudson for the fifth straight year. Otten and Uchytil combined to throw for 308 yards and the Raiders added 176 yards and a touchdown on the ground as Hudson improved to 6-0 in the Big Rivers Conference and set up a showdown with undefeated Menomonie Friday, Oct.
The River Falls girls’ golf team finished three strokes behind first-place Eau Claire North at Tuesday’s WIAA Division 1 sectional tournament to qualify for the WIAA State Tournament Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 14-15, in Madison. Eau Claire North won the sectional title, played at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse, with a team score of 359 with River Falls right behind with 362. Senior Rachael Mayer paced the Wildcats with a fourth place score of 86 while junior Sydney Brunholzl tied for fifth with 88.